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SBSD - Colorado River Sheriffs Department
Wednesday October 11th, 2023 :: 03:48 p.m. PDT


Deputies Investigate Child Threat Allegation in Needles

DATE/TIME: October 9, 2023, 5:22 p.m.

INCIDENT: PC 273A(b)-Willful Cruelty to a Child

LOCATION: 1600 Block Washington Street, Needles, CA

SUSPECT(S): Melissa Miller Palacios, 38-Years-Old, Resident of Needles, CA

VICTIM(S): Confidential

SUMMARY: On Monday, October 9, 2023, at approximately 5:22 p.m., deputies assigned to Colorado River Station in Needles responded to a call regarding an alleged threat involving a student and an employee of the Needles Unified School District.

After further investigation, it was determined that Melissa Miller Palacios was in violation of misdemeanor PC 273A(b) - Willful Cruelty to a Child. Miller Palacios was consequently arrested, issued a citation, and later released from custody with a future court date.  This investigation is on-going. 

Anyone with information regarding this case is urged to contact detectives at the Colorado River Station at 760-326-9200. Callers wishing to remain anonymous should call the We-Tip Hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME (27463) or go to

Refer: Deputy M. Bush

Station: Colorado River Station

Phone No. (760) 326-9200

Case No. 212300793

SHANNON D. DICUS, Sheriff-Coroner
San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner Department

SBSD - Colorado River Sheriffs Department
1111 Bailey Ave
Needles, CA 92363

Emergency: 9-1-1

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